Glenview Reads Together

One Community, Many Stories
September 12–October 10

GPL is proud to present its fourth annual community-wide reading program. Join with friends, neighbors, co-workers, and Library staff by reading the graphic novel March: Book One, then come together for book discussions, programs, and events. Mark your calendar for the kickoff event featuring award-winning illustrator, Nate Powell.

Copies of the book are available at the Reader Services Desk or may be reserved for pick up at the Drive-Up Window. Available in print and digital formats. Pick up a FREE, signed copy of March: Book One at the Reader Services desk. Available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Glenview Library cardholders only. One book per family. Made possible through a grant by the GPL Foundation.


A groundbreaking graphic-novel memoir created by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and illustrator Nate Powell, March: Book One is a vivid first-hand account of Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights. It meditates in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation, and reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

Part of a trilogy, the book spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.


Nate Powell was born in 1978 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is the first cartoonist ever to win the National Book Award. Powell’s work has also received a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, three Eisner Awards, two Ignatz Awards, four YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens selections, and two Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist selections. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Kickoff Event: Interview with Nate Powell, Illustrator of March: Book One

Sunday, September 12 • Live Stream • Community Room OR Via Zoom
Adults: 2-3 PM • Middle School Tweens & High School Teens: 3:30-4 PM

An interview with National Book Award winning cartoonist Nate Powell as he discusses creating March: Book One, an autobiographical graphic novel about the Civil Rights Movement told through the perspective of civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis.

View a recording of the adult program:

View a recording of the middle school and high school program:


Print copies of the book are available at the Reader Services Desk or may be reserved for pick up at the Drive-Up Window. Digital copies are available through Libby or Hoopla. Limit 20. Registration required.

Monday, September 20, 1-2 PM • Community Room East
Tuesday, September 28, 7-8 PM • Community Room East

Wednesday, September 29, 4-5 PM • Multipurpose Room

Thursday, September 30, 4-5 PM • Community Room East

Did you enjoy March: Book One? Try these read-alikes.


March: Book One Give Away Event

Saturday, August 21, 10 AM- 1 PM • Lobby

Free books signed by illustrator, Nate Powell, will be given away to the first 100 adults or teens, on a first come, first served basis. GPL cardholders only. One book per family. Made possible through a grant by the Glenview Public Library Foundation.

Film Screening: Good Trouble (96mins/PG/2020)

Friday, September 17, 2 PM & 6:30 PM • Community Room

An expansive documentary that chronicles the remarkable life of civil rights activist John Lewis.


Pre-Civil War Quilts: Secret Codes to Freedom

Tuesday, October 5, 7-8:30 PM • Community Room

Educator Connie Martin reveals how American slaves used hidden codes inside patterns of quilts to find freedom. View replicas of the quilts and learn how they were used by Connie’s ancestors to discover escape routes through the Underground Railroad.

Every Song Has a Story: Black Music’s Impact on America

Sunday, October 10, 2-3 PM • Live Stream • Community Room

From the work songs that drowned out the whips, to the rhythms of rock and roll, Linda Gorham takes you on a musical journey as she tells the stories behind the influential songs and artists that shaped American music.



September–November • Offsite: Little Bear Garden at Gallery Park, 2001 Patriot Blvd
I Promise by LeBron James

An inspiring picture book that reminds us that tomorrow’s success starts with the promises we make to ourselves and our community today.

Glenview Reads Together is made possible through a grant from the Glenview Public Library Foundation. Learn more about the Foundation and how they support the Library here.